Almost 10 years ago I started volunteering with a charity in South Africa that hands out around 100,000 Christmas boxes every year to vulnerable children. In Pretoria where we lived I was part of a team distributing up to 7000 boxes a year. it involved finding the facilities, registering them, collecting the name lists, age and clothing size of the children, finding donors, collecting, checking boxes, getting sponsorship for drop off venues, transport, storage units etc. Moving to Dubai after 4 years, I've continued to support the charity and other facilities, organisations I became involved with and go back twice a year (apart from 2016 when I was teaching) to source donations, pack boxes and distribute them. For the past 5 years also I've been uploading the names of all the children online for the donors to choose a child, sex and age to pack for.
In Dubai I've been unable to fund raise or share fundraising posts without registering the charity over there. I no longer advertise the name of the organisation, even when I'm in the UK due to a conflict of interest and this will be the last year I support them. From now on I'm involved with a charity called Kindness Like Confetti PTA. The same people, just supporting a variety of facilities year round rather than just once a year.
Child 1's care plan finally arrived, more issues. Both sets of parents addresses and phone numbers have been released to both parties. We will be raising a formal complaint. We also can't get an answer to why about 4 years ago the word 'autism' appeared as a formal diagnosis. We have no idea where it's come from and as her disability and care needs haven't changed, we would like to know who made this diagnosis and why we weren't informed at the time.
Postcards of Kindness
Mow the Lawn
Write up address book
Tidy Craft Room
187 Sunday Lazy morning, jigsaw, put beef in slow cooker, some blog comments, then out up the hills to join a friend with their dog for a walk for 3 hours. Altered and hung the last curtain for the bedroom, nice and dark and should start sleeping better. Just need to remember to close the ensuite door or fit a black out blind in there. The trouble with a black out blind is I'd have to switch the light on and the fan is noisy. Late night gin call with my friend Kath, bed at midnight.
188 Monday A lazy day which didn't get going till midday, pottered around, started a new jigsaw, put a plant in, did some washing, wrote up name lists, walked the dog.
189 Tuesday Long walk to the other side of town to buy an engagement, 2 sympathy, 1 birthday and congrats you're pregnant cards. My next door neighbour owns the shop, it's out of the town and the social distancing works really well in there. I tidied up the craft room, finished altering and hanging new curtains.
190 Wednesday Drove to Witney for a coffee date with Galina, had a picnic in the car park and then meet up with Mary and her son for a walk around the farm park, Bob didn't like the animals and barked at a pig, then off to drop table and chairs with child 5 and last weeks washing and ironing.
191 Thursday Click and collect food shop and picked up milk for the week so I can check the dates. Took Bob for a long walk in the afternoon in the rain and visited a children's charity shop that's only open 2 days a week with funny opening hours, bought a few bits for when our grandchild can finally visit.
Gin and raspberries
192 Friday Washing on, green house built, more seeds planted, name lists finished and uploaded, jigsaw completed, post cards written. I took mum to the garden centre at B&Q, 5 minutes down the road, to give her a taste of how the shops are operating, social distancing, paying for items and not touching things just to have a look. Came back with a load of plants for the garden.
193 Saturday Off to Eastnor Castle with mum, friend, Kath, and her husband and twins. Numbers are limited and tickets have to be bought in advance. It's 3 years today since my father died. Kath and I have decided that today is a celebration of our friendship. Bob had a lovely long walk, we had a picnic and bought coffee and ice creams. In the afternoon I mowed the lawns and rearranged the sheds.
On the blog this week:
A visit to the Lavender Fields in the Cotswolds